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December 22, 2011 | by staff

Revisiting the most popular articles and videos of the year.


In Memory of Leiby Kletzky
by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
There are no words, only tears.

Gilad Shalit and the Sea Turtle
by Rabbi Ken Spiro
The controversial exchange highlights one extreme difference: Israel values life.

When Evil Falls
by Lori Palatnik
Is it proper to celebrate Osama Bin Laden's death?

Managing Justin Bieber
by staff
Scooter Braun's Jewish values keep the teen celebrity grounded. An exclusive.

Ten Things Men wish Women Knew
by Rabbi Dan Silverman
The unadorned truth. Print it and refer to it often.

Ten Things Women Wish Men Knew
by Emuna Braverman
Guys, print this out and refer to it often.

Shocked into Silence
by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith
Responding to the horrific murder of Leiby Kletzky.

The Design Argument: Answers to Atheists' Questions
by Moshe Averick
Turns out Richard Dawkins' watchmaker has 20/20 vision after all.

Egypt Again
by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
How the country's turmoil resonates with a striking biblical parallel.

Purim & Responding to the Itamar Massacre
by Sara Yoheved Rigler
The illogic of anti-Semitism.

Identifying Your Life’s Mission
by Sara Yoheved Rigler
This Rosh Hashanah, electrify your life with purpose.

What Every Parent Dreads
by Rabbi Ephraim Shore
It was 10 pm when we got the call: "Your son was in a car accident. The situation is very serious. Come to the hospital immediately."

My Long Road Home
by Yehudah Ilan
My path to Judaism began with the question: What would Jesus do?


Google Exodus
What if Moses had Facebook?

Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem
It'll make your head spin.

Hanukkah: Rock of Ages
The Hanukkah Story in 8 hit songs. A short medley of pop music parodies through the ages.

Israel: Wave Your Flag
by's New Video Sensation Celebrating Israel's Birthday!

The Heart of the Jewish People
The majesty and meaning of the Western Wall.

The Israel Shark Conspiracy
by Stephen Colbert
Egypt thinks its spate of shark attacks are a Mossad plot. Stephen Colbert thinks they just might be right.

4 Ways to Marry the Wrong Person
If you're dating, or know someone who is, watch this.

Hating Israel on Facebook
by staff
Arabs try to launch a third Intifada. Stop the hate on Facebook.

Yom Kippur: Partner Track
by Charlie Harary
Does God really care about the nuances of my life?

Take the Shot
by Charlie Harary
The only failure is not trying.

Why a Unilateral Declaration of a Palestinian State is a Bad Idea
by Staff
If the consequences weren't so serious, it might just be funny.

Where's the Salt!
by Lori Palatnik
The "Don't Blame, Don't Complain" Campaign can change your life.

Crash Course on Passover
by Rabbi Avraham Goldhar
A fascinating overview capturing the meaning and joy of the holiday.

Why Weiner Should Resign
by Rabbi Yaakov Salomon
We need to make a clear statement that this behavior is unacceptable.


5 Things a Man Needs to do in a Successful Marriage
by Elliott Katz
What kind of man does a woman really want? Hint: It's not Homer Simpson.

Surviving a Long Distance Relationship
by Liba Pearson
Keeping a relationship alive across the miles is no easy task. Following these steps will make the job more manageable.

Guide to the Jewish Wedding
by Chaplain (CPT) Shlomo Shulman
Learn the deeper significance, and print out a copy for the wedding guests, too!

Why Jews Don't believe in Jesus
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
For 2,000 years Jews have rejected the Christian idea of Jesus as messiah. Why?

Ten Ways to Marry the Wrong Person
by Rabbi Dov Heller, M.A.
Blind love is not the way to choose a spouse. Here are practical tools for keeping your eyes wide open.

Star of David
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
From the Holocaust to the Israeli flag, what is the deeper meaning of this six-pointed Jewish symbol?

Six Habits of Happily Married Couples
by Rabbi Dov Heller, M.A.
Success in marriage hinges on consistent performance of six key habits.

How to Get Your Prayers Answered
by Rabbi Noah Weinberg
Do you feel like you're talking to a wall when you pray? Here are five key tools for getting your prayers answered.

ABCs of Death and Mourning
by Lori Palatnik
How to cope with the emotional and spiritual issues a person faces at this difficult time.

Your Hebrew Name & Birthday
An easy-to-use Hebrew birthday calculator plus explanations for many of the most common Hebrew names.

How to Build Trust in a Marriage
by Rabbi Dov Heller, M.A.
When there is no trust in your marriage, you are headed for an abusive relationship or you may be in one already.

The ABCs of Bar Mitzvah
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
A 7-point guide to the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony.

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